Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit

The Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (GCNU) is located at the core of the building and has a close working relationship with the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre.

The GCNU was created at University College London (UCL) in July 1998, funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. The Unit consists of five faculty members, about ten post-doctoral researchers, about fifteen research students and five support staff.

The research objectives of the Gatsby Unit are to study neural computational theories of perception and action in neural and machine systems, with an emphasis on learning. The research activity of the Unit is overseen by a Scientific Advisory Board. The Unit's teaching activities are centered on an innovative four-year PhD programme in Computational Neuroscience and Machine Learning.

The GCNU visitor programme enables members of the Unit to work with leading researchers from across the world on a range of short and long term research collaborations and they also host a seminar programme with talks by Unit members, other UCL staff and guest speakers.

By establishing the centre, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation has provided a unique opportunity for a critical mass of theoreticians to interact closely with each other and with UCL's other world class research groups in neuroscience and related areas.